Certified, Christian & Caring
Tanque Verde Lutheran Preschool/Kindergarten is fully certified by the State of Arizona.
The Dolphin class is available 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. The Monkey class is available from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The ratio of teachers to children ranges from 1:6 in the two-year-old program, to 1:9 for the three, four and five year old classes. Our Kindergarten ratio is 1:9.
We are a Christian program and a ministry of Tanque Verde Lutheran Church (TVLC). We began our program in January 1979. The Preschool/Kindergarten School Board governs us. All members of the Board are also members of the Church. The Director, Office Manager and one staff person attend the meetings each month as well.
Since preschool is often the child's first experience away from the security of the immediate family, our parents and teachers work closely together to make the transition as smooth as possible. Before school begins each child and parents, too, have the opportunity to have a school visit to meet their teachers. Then, the week before school starts, each class has an open house where parents and children meet their teachers once again and also their new classmates.
We follow the TUSD school schedule regarding vacation days. Our preschool children begin school toward the end of August and we conclude the school year the third week in May. Kindergarten starts at the beginning of August and ends at the end of May.
Parents are encouraged to visit and observe the program at any time before enrolling or after their child is in the program. Parents are also invited to attend planned activities. Some of these are the Teddy Bear Picnics, Christmas Chapels, Dads' Brunch, and Moments with Mom.
Kindergarten had many planned events such as Grandparents Day, a Christmas program and field trips.
Each fall we celebrate with a Fall Festival and we welcome spring with a Carnival! These are all school functions and everyone is invited to attend. We ask our parents to help us out by preparing projects, working the booths, etc. Both activities are a fun time for everyone!
Throughout the year we have a variety of fund raisers to support our scholarship program. This is an excellent opportunity for our parents to participate in our school's activities.
PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL BOARD
A five to six member School Board governs the Preschool and Kindergarten. The members include a Chairperson, Secretary, and 3-4 At-Large Members. The Director, Office Manager, Council Liaison and a Preschool/Kindergarten Staff Representative also attend the meetings. Its function is to discuss, advise, receive information, make recommendations and vote on major issues concerning the Preschool/Kindergarten program. The Director, Officer Manager and Staff Representative do not have a vote in decision making. The School Board is accountable to the Tanque Verde Lutheran Church. The parents are invited to attend at any time or to bring their questions and concerns to the attention of the Director.